What’s On in November: Events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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What’s on in Newcastle? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter specially selected for families. Now that we’ve come out of lockdown, we expect more events to be announced for November so bookmark this page for new additions. Please check individual event listings to find out what COVID-19 regulations need to be followed.

Homegrown Markets – Speers Point

Sunday 7 & Sunday 21 November, 2021 | Speers Point Park | 10am-2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Homegrown markets are returning with market magic and good vibes to their favourite lakeside location. The Homegrown markets in Lake Mac are bursting with community spirit, celebrating all things handmade, eco focused or designed locally. Held every first and third Sunday from 10am-2pm, by the lake at Speers Point Park.

Friday Night Feast

Friday 12 November, 2021 | The Station, Newcastle | 5-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Friday Night Feast is a family friendly food festival where you can taste the town and immerse yourself in the best street eats the Hunter Region has to offer. With free entry there’ll be food trucks, live music, market stalls and kids entertainment. The event is also dog friendly.

Let’s Fish Lake Macquarie

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 November, 2021 | Lake Macquarie LGA | Sat 6am-7pm, Sun 6am-3pm | $20 entry fee | Details

Why you should go: Returning to Lake Macquarie this November, Let’s Fish Lake Mac encourages participants to CATCH BIG AND WIN BIG on Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake! With over $33,000 in prizes up for grabs across a number of different divisions and awards, including prizes for the biggest fish caught and released for both kids and adults. Let’s Fish Lake Mac is a catch-and-release-style competition. Between 6am and 7pm on Saturday and 6am and 3pm on Sunday entrants can fish for bream, flathead, tailor and whiting across the tidal waters and public beaches of the Lake Macquarie LGA. Entries are now open via online registration on the registration website. All entrants get free entry to the Let’s Fish Festival (see details below).

Jesmond Central – Welcome Back Carnival

Saturday 13 November, 2021 | Jesmond Central | 10am-2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Come one, come all to Jesmond Central’s Welcome Back Carnival. Jesmond Central are rewarding you! Simply spend $30 or more at your favourite specialty stores to receive a $10 centre gift card. T&Cs apply. Receipts can be combined. Only one reward claim per person. While gift card stocks last. You can also enjoy FREE carnival-themed balloon bending in Centre Court and witness some of the best carnival performers including a magician, juggling artist and hula-hoop artist roaming the centre! To welcome you back to the centre, some of the retailers will have special offers and promotions! Check their website closer to the date to find out what’s on offer.

Homegrown Markets – The Station

Saturday 13 & Saturday 27 November, 2021 | The Station, Newcastle | 9am-2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Homegrown markets are returning with market magic and good vibes to their Newcastle home – THE STATION. The original Homegrown market has been a huge hit with Newy locals. The iconic Newcastle train station is the perfect venue and comes alive on market days. The tracks are filled with handmade, eco focused goodness and the positive vibes are next level! 

Feast Fest

Saturday 13 November, 2021 | Blacksmiths Beach, Ungala Road, Blacksmiths | 4-8pm | $2 entry, Kids free | Details

Why you should go: Feast Fest is back at Blacksmiths Beach (next to Swansea Belmont Surf Club). With international street food, local musicians, local retail stalls, kids rides, jumping castles, kiddie karts, fairy floss, popcorn, sno cones and more. Bring your picnic rugs and chairs. Dogs on leashes welcomed.

Recovery Run

Sunday 14 November, 2021 | Shortland Lawns, Wharf Road, Newcastle | 8am-12pm | Tickets from $35 | Details

Why you should go: Organised by H Events, Recovery Run is a one off running event to celebrate coming out of lockdown. The course is flat and achievable. 

Let’s Fish Festival

Sunday 14 November, 2021 | Rathmines Theatre & Rathmines Park | 10am-5pm | $10 entry | Details

Why you should go: Pack up the family and head to Rathmines Theatre and Park for the Let’s Fish Festival, a family day out celebrating all things fishing. See barramundi go wild over different lures at the Berkley Supertank, chill out with some food and music from a variety of local musicians or relax at the wine and seafood bar. Go inside the theatre to take part in the SMART Science Show and fishing information sessions or head over to the Kid’s Zone to create an awesome fish themed craft or get your face painted. Roving performers will wow you with their amazing stilt walking abilities, magical talent and creative puppetry whilst you roam through fishing trade and information stalls or chat to the Classic Boat Association members about how to restore timber boats. Lucky door prizes drawn throughout the day at the main stage. Visit the website for the full program and more details.

Made & Found Markets – Redhead

Sunday 14 November, 2021 | Webb Park, Redhead | 10am-2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Homegrown markets are launching their first ‘spin-off’ event, the Made & Found Markets, at Webb Park in Redhead. Made & Found will be a carefully curated line up of quality vintage and beautiful pre-loved items, along with a selection of Homegrown faves! 

The Castanet Club: An Exhibition You Can Dance To

Exhibition extended until Sunday 14 November, 2021 | Newcastle Museum | 10am-5pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Back in the early 1980s, there was a magic corner of grimy industrial Newcastle where you could escape from reality into a kaleidoscope of music, comedy, lamingtons, and fun, The Castanet Club. Now, just a lamington’s throw from the site of their original venue, Newcastle Museum presents ‘The Castanet Club: an exhibition you can dance to!’ You’ll be able to step inside the wonderous world of The Castanet Club and explore the story of the dags who do good!

Street Paws Festival

Sunday 14 November, 2021 | The Station, Newcastle | 10am-2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Street Paws is heading back to Newcastle. They will have pet stalls, competitions, giveaways, food trucks and stalls, kids activities and more. There will also be pet rescues, where you could find your new furever friend.

Street Eats – Metford

Sunday 14 November, 2021 | Chelmsford Drive Oval, Metford | 12pm-3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Street Eats is a Council run program that opens the doors to mobile food in public places. Head on down for one of their Get Togethers that brings together a variety of food trucks paired with live music across the Maitland Local Government Area.

Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That Exhibition

Thursday 18 November 2021 – Sunday 27 February 2022 | Newcastle Museum | 10 – 5pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The Oh yeah, I forgot about that: A decade of change seen through the eyes of Mr Trevor Dickinson, Artist Exhibition opens Thursday 18 November at Newcastle Museum and is a free, fun and artistic stroll through Newcastle over the last ten years. Have a look at our city through the eyes of a popular, local artist. To celebrate Newcastle Museum’s own changes, they have commissioned two new artworks of something constant, the big red hooks and something that had changed, The OAK Milk display in A Newcastle Story Work gallery, that is debuting in this exhibition. All the works in this exhibition are of things that have changed since 11 August 2011 when Newcastle Museum threw open their doors to welcome millions of visitors to explore our history, science and our city’s identity.

The Olive Tree Market

Saturday 20 November, 2021 | Civic Park, Newcastle | 9am-2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Newcastle’s premiere contemporary art and design market is back. The Olive Tree Market is more than a market, it’s a meeting place, a vibrant space with a festival atmosphere, a place for visitors to gather with family and friends, to sample delicious street food and discover the best of live independent music.

Superhero Saturday at Wallsend Vilage

Saturday 20 November, 2021 | Wallsend Village | 10am-1pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Crash! Bam! Boom! Don’t miss the fun at Wallsend Village’s Superhero Saturday! To welcome you back, Wallsend Village is rewarding you! Simply spend $30 or more at your favourite specialty stores to receive a $10 centre gift card (terms and conditions apply). Keep your receipt and head to the Super Saturday stand located in Centre Court to receive your reward. There’s lots of fun to be had including free superhero themed balloon bending and bouncy superheroes roaming the centre. Snap a super pic together!


Sunday 21 November, 2021 | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | 9am-12pm | Adults $4, Kids free | Details

Why you should go: For gently used baby and kids clothing, toys or goods for a fraction of the retail price, head to My Kids Market. The market caters to all baby and kids needs, from pregnancy to approximately 8 years of age. Shoppers will also find a handpicked selection of local business stalls showcasing their unique new/handmade goods or services with exclusive Market Day specials. In the larger Newcastle Entertainment Centre (normally held at Newcastle Exhibition Centre) to comply with COVID regulations.

Dungog Picnic Train

Sunday 21 November, 2021 | Maitland Railway Station | 8.25am-6.45pm | $140/2 people $200/group | Details

Why you should go: Travel behind steam locomotive 5917 on a short journey up the picturesque North Coast line from Maitland to Dungog (return) on one of two trips on Sunday, 21 November. The 59 Class 2-8-2 steam locomotives were used on the North Coast line by the NSW Government Railways up until the end of steam on the line in 1968.

Waratah Brass Band in King Edward Park

Sunday 21 November, 2021 | King Edward Park | 11-12pm & 2-3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Waratah Brass Band are super excited to be back after a long break and to celebrate, the band is doing a FREE throwback concert in the King Edward Park rotunda Sunday (21st November, 2021) from 11am-12pm and 2-3pm (approx). Bring a picnic, bring your friends and come along and enjoy an afternoon of music!

Sunday Sessions at MAC

Sunday 21 November, 2021 | Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie | 1-3pm | $20 | Details

Why you should go: Grab a wine or beer and enjoy some local music and artmaking. Tickets are $20, and cover one wine, beer or soft drink, with cheese, and all art materials. The November 2021 session features musician Angamus Music (violinist) and the art activity is mini-sculptures using air dry clay. Bookings essential. You can use your ‘Discover’ Voucher at this venue. 

Curious Legends Presents “Wallsend Wyldings” – Wyldings Hunt

Monday 22 – Friday 26 November, 2021 | Various locations throughout Wallsend | Free | Details

Why you should go: Search for Wyldings with your kids throughout Wallsend on a unique urban hunt between November 22 and 26. Start your journey at Wallsend Library to pick up your Wyldings Map (available November 20), then hunt through the streets of Wallsend to find all of creatures! You can even make your own Wylding, and leave it at the library. Dress up as something fierce for extra fun. There will be a number of participating retailers. While you’re searching for these “wild” creatures, get a head start on your Christmas shopping and support local!

Street Eats – Metford

Friday 26 November, 2021 | Telarah Lagoon, Bungaree Street, telarah | 5-8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Street Eats is a Council run program that opens the doors to mobile food in public places. Head on down for one of their Get Togethers that brings together a variety of food trucks paired with live music across the Maitland Local Government Area.

Curious Legends Presents “Wallsend Wyldings” – Wyldings Dinner – POSTPONED TO 3 DECEMBER

Friday 26 November, 2021 | Wallsend Park | 5-8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Discover puppets in the park! Join Curious Legends and Newy with Kids for a Wyldings Dinner on Friday 26 November in Wallsend Park. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy including live music, roving puppets and craft activities as well as GIANT Wyldings from the Curious Legends studio. The family-friendly event which runs from 5 pm to 8 pm features luminous puppets, live music & a lantern parade. Bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment. The event is free but registration is required.

Student Competition! Newcastle Library

Entries close Friday 26 November, 2021 | Enter via Newcastle Libraries website | Free | Details

Why you should go: Newcastle Libraries are giving THREE kids aged 7-12 the chance to be a real-life interviewer and interview the very creative and talented author Tim Harris. Tim Harris is the super cool author of several laugh-out-loud series for kids including Toffle Towers, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables and Exploding Endings. He has also created his own awesome YouTube Channel dedicated to helping young people learn the craft of writing. Newcastle Libraries are inviting students to send a link to a 2-minute video of themselves telling them why they would make a great presenter and the kinds of great questions that they would want to ask Tim Harris. So put on your research hat, come up with some magnificent questions, channel your inner interviewer and send in your submission. Further details and the submission form can be found on the Newcastle Libraries website.

A Time Warped National Science Week Celebration

Saturday 27 November, 2021 | Newcastle Conservatorium of Music | 4-6pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Join Newcastle University for a live ‘in person’ National Science Week celebration with Dr Karl on to explore the wonderful world of science as well as answer any of your curly science questions – it promises to be as much fun as one of Dr Karl’s famed shirts! Dr Karl will talk about the many types of scientists, including how anyone can be a scientist (even in their own backyard!). Hear about Dr Karl’s own science journey that has taken him from presenting on ABC’s Double J in 1981 to an Ig Nobel prize winner for his ground-breaking research into Belly Button Lint and to being named as a National Living Treasure in 2012. Dr Karl’s mission is to spread the good word about science and its benefits and his enthusiasm for science is totally infectious. This time-warped National Science Week Celebration presents a wonderful and unique opportunity for science lovers both young and young at heart to learn from one of Australia’s best scientific minds. If you can’t make it in person you can join in on the online event here.

CommBank Matildas v USA

Tuesday 30 November, 2021 | McDonald Jones Stadium | From 8.05pm | Tickets from $25 | Details

Why you should go: For the second time in as many months, the Commonwealth Bank Matildas are returning to home soil, this time hosting two-time defending FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions and world number one, the United States Women’s National Team in a two-match series. Match two will be played at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, NSW and you can get your tickets through Ticketek and Ticketmaster.

Photo Credit: Let’s Fish Lake Macquarie

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